Meet Commissioner Husom
I’m a lifelong resident of Wright County – by birth and by choice. My husband Dan is an orthotist and pedorthist and fabricates custom orthotics. We’ve been married 48 years and have 4 adult children and 7 grandchildren who all live in Wright County. We’re blessed to have them all over for Sunday dinners as much as possible.
My parents taught me the importance of commitment and service by their example. Since my teens, I’ve been active in a variety of organizations, and volunteered at church, with civic and political organizations, and served on other committees.
I hold a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Management and Communication from Concordia University, Saint Paul, MN, and a Law Enforcement Certificate from Metropolitan State University, Saint Paul, MN. I hold a Minnesota Peace Officer’s License. I’ve had a wide range of jobs and careers over the last 50 years. I served as a Mental Health Practitioner, working with the mentally ill, chemically dependent, and chronically homeless adults in St. Paul, and with the Wright County Sheriff, both as a corrections officer and deputy sheriff. I’m co-owner of Buffalo Orthotics and Prosthetics and author of the Winnebago County Mysteries and the Snow Globe Shop Mysteries, both set in Wright County.
Over the years, I was encouraged to run for public office and came close to running a couple of times. When the District 1 commissioner seat opened, I believed it was the right time and the right position to seek. I was elected, thankfully. Serving the people of Wright County to the best of my abilities is my top priority as commissioner. Making sound decisions after gathering information, consulting others, getting constituents’ input, and researching issues, is key. Scores of county residents have sought my help with problems and issues. I’m prompt with my responses and work diligently on their behalf.
Wright County continues to be one of the fastest growing counties in the state. The county board strives to effectively manage that growth by maintaining our roads and other infrastructure, ensuring public safety, encouraging economic development, and providing user-friendly spaces for our residents and staff who access and deliver county services. I could not have predicted the number of building projects we’d undertake in six short years. Like many residents – and most employees – I knew the need was there. The current favorable economic climate provided an opportune time to move forward. Still, I conducted an exhaustive exploration of options, alternatives, and solutions to formulate my decisions on whether to build, or not.
In addition to the new buildings, the county has made great strides at the board’s direction: continuing improvements in the IT Department, transparency with County Board actions and livestreaming meetings, increased efficiency in departments and service, and a comprehensive Compensation and Classification study for our employees.
For me, the rewards of being a county commissioner are realized serving others and bringing projects to fruition. Working with people of all ages, aptitudes, and backgrounds in my jobs and volunteer service has given me valuable educational experience and broad perspective. I’ve developed strong leadership, organizational, and interpersonal communication skills. I enjoy finding solutions to problems and resolving issues. I maintain high standards, have conservative values, strive to make visionary and judicious decisions, and act with professionalism and discretion.